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The Cubs and the Cardinals got INTO IT Friday night on the west side of the arch.

Kyle Hendricks came out against St. Louis and longtime nemesis Carlos Martinez, who came off the IL to make the start. Joc Pederson greeted Martinez rudely and off they went after that like a pot put on the boil on an ice tray. We knew it was gonna be a low-scoring game.

The Cards scored in the third on a KB throwing error (single, E-5) and a ducksnort by Tommy Edman, tying the game. Martinez subsequently ploinked Rizzo, walked Javy, and ploinked the Pittsburgh-area native Ian Happ as his goo malfunctioned badly but nothing came of it as David Bote grounded out. But that led to a discussion of why so many guys are getting hit, and Boog flat-out said it while JD and Dempster talked around it.

Cue commercials. Cubs up by one on a Nico double, sac bunt, sac fly. More ploinkage. No warnings, except maybe to Boog. Professor’s office still open, Cardinals still throwing the ball around.

Actually, the Cubs lead the league in ploinkage. But that seems defensive. Anyway that added some drama to a sort of dull game, at least for me. Quality start for the Kyle Hendricks Experience. Got more interesting late. Al will have details in his recap.

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